FTZ Resource Center Construction Update

FTZ Resource Center Construction Update

Posted on March 13, 2014


The construction of the new office wing is moving forward with the opening of the exterior walls and building of the interior wall forms. The FTZ#9 is excited with the progress and with the office space now on track for the 2014 opening. Again, if businesses are interested in office space they are encouraged to contact the FTZ#9 at (808) 586-2507. About 55% of the office space is already reserved.

Trenching to the new offices
Exterior wall demolition
Prepping the reinforcement


The new office wing is starting to take shape. The construction crew have prepped and poured sections of the walls for the International Trade Resource Center. The building addition is on track to be completed by the 2014 deadline. Offices spaces are still available, but are going quickly. If your business is, or planning on importing or exporting, the International Trade Resource Center is key resource for your business. The facility offers multiple resources like warehousing, office space, customs brokers, shipping agents all housed in a high security facility.  Contact us at (808)586-2507 and refer to “new office space”

Prepping the wall form
Setting up wall forms
Half of separation wall completed


Construction is progressing on the FTZ#9 International Trade Resource Center with the clearing of the area and insulation being installed. The FTZ is looking forward to the start of the electrical hook ups. The work site security has also been elevated ensuring the area and warehousing is secure during this critical phase of this project.

Businesses interested in office space should contact our Business Office at (808) 586-2510 and refer to “new office space”.

2013-11-14b sprayproofing trusses
Sprayed insulation
2013-11-13b digging for test pile
Digging test piles
Cage looking out
Prepped construction warehouse area


The official ground breaking ceremony has marked the start for the internal infrastructure and build out. The blessing was overseen by Kahu Curt Kekuna of Kawaiaha’o Church and was attended by representatives of  Bowers and Kubota, Kiewit Building Group and the FTZ#9 staff. The O’o turning represented the new beginning of the addition.

O'o DS and B
FTZ#9 David Sikkink
and Brian Bowers O’o ceremony
O'o SY and A
Alika Fujimoto from Kiewit and FTZ#9 Scott Yoshida
group shot of main
Brian, Scott, David, Alika and Kahu Kekuna

HONOLULU — The State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) today announced that it has begun construction of its new Import Export Trade Resource Center wing at The Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone #9 on Pier 2.

This $10.5 million building renovation is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the State of Hawaii, and will add 30,000 square feet of office, shared work, and conference center space to support import/export-related businesses and maritime operations. The renovation project is scheduled to be completed in 12 months and will significantly add to the growing international trade resources of The Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone #9.

“The Import Export Trade Resource Center has been 8 years in the making and we are excited the project is underway,” said Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone’s Acting Administrator David Sikkink. “The center will allow us to offer additional services, support, and training to businesses that are involved in import/export or that support maritime operations.”

Architecture and design services were provided by architect Lou Chan and Associates, with Bowers and Kubota providing construction management and Kiewit Building Group as general contractor.

Small businesses involved with importing and exporting or within the maritime industry that are interested in office space are encouraged to contact the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone at 586-2507

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